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 From the Board
 Chris Coffman - Board President

On behalf of the Conway Symphony Orchestra musicians, management, and Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to our 2017 - 2018 season!  We appreciate your interest in our organization.

This is my fifth year serving on the Board and second year as President.  As President, I am truly honored to work with the exceptional talent on our Board and you have my commitment to never lose sight of our mission – to provide inspired classical music experiences for the people of Central Arkansas through performances and education.

Please take a moment to review our website to see how our community music program, CSO in the classroom and the CSO Guild are directly benefiting and strengthening this extraordinary community that we are honored to serve through CSO on the Go!  Our website also allows you to support our efforts through volunteer programs or donation, including planned giving.  Please consider the power and potential of your planned giving and the long lasting impact that your legacy will provide to the work of this incredible organization.

I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me at or speaking with me at one of our upcoming performances. Please never hesitate to reach out to any one of us for any questions or suggestions.  We will all be working very hard to make this season one to remember.

Thank you to our season underwriters, concert & program underwriters, patrons and benefactors.

None of what we achieve would be possible without our great audiences.  Thank you for being here, and we look forward to sharing many experiences with you throughout this fantastic 33rd season.  Please…enjoy the concerts!




Chris Coffman, President
Conway Symphony Orchestra
Board of Directors

Our Board


Executive Committee

Chris Coffman
Inside Sales Director

Therese Williams
President - Elect
Director of Events
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

Carrick Patterson
Publishing Executive
Retired / Musician

Kelli Gordon
Past President
Instructional Director
Conway Public Schools

Board of Directors

George Baker
Senior Vice President Lending
First Security Bank

Bill Bethea
Assistant to the CEO
Conway Corporation

Mike Binko
Direct Marketing, Retired
LSC Mail Marketing

Carolyn Brown
Professor of Flute
University of Central Arkansas

Stephen Cohen
Programming Manager, Retired / 
Arkansas Supreme Court

Jenny Davis

Charles DeBoard
DeBoard Electronics

Kelton Harrison
Trust Officer
Simmons Bank

Judy Harkrider
Music Educator, Retired
Greenbrier Public Schools

Shane Henry
Shane Henry & Associates, PLLC

Nancy Jackson
Financial Advisor
Simmons Bank

Joyce Miller
Therapist, Retired
Counseling Associates Inc.

Rob O’Connor
Director of College Communications
Hendrix College

Preston Palmer
Owner / Instructor
Palmer Music Company

Sharon Stone
St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

Emily Walter
Coldwell Banker RPM Group


Qinqing Yang
Student Musician Representative
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Paige Rose, ex officio
Chair, Department of Music
University of Central Arkansas

Israel Getzov, ex officio
Music Director / Conductor
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Vicki Crockett, ex officio
General Manager
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Margaret Palmer, ex officio
Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild

Beverley Freiley, ex officio
Vice President
Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild


Jerry Adams

Bill Adkisson

Ralph Behrens*

Sam Driggers*

Carl Forsberg*

Bill Hegeman

Phil Stone

Allison Vetter

Armilda McCormack

Scott Moore*

Louis Stell

* Denotes Deceased


Our Staff

 Vicki Bryan Crockett - Our Staff

Vicki Bryan Crockett

General Manager

Vicki Bryan Crockett has been working in the nonprofit field for 22 years, including positions in higher education, K-12 private schools, healthcare and the performing arts. Her work has included Annual Fund campaigns, alumni relations, communications, special events, marketing and audience development, capital campaigns, donor management and grant-writing. Now in her 11th year as the General Manager of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, Vicki explains that while the conductor handles everything on the stage, she takes care of everything off of it!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Vicki received her degree in linguistics at The College of William and Mary, with additional professional development through the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Arts Council, and a multitude of nonprofit workshops.




Assistant Conductor and Administrative Intern

Gunnar has worked in arts advocacy and arts management with the Conway Symphony, Reynolds Performance Hall, public education, the UCA Department of Music, the UCA Friends of Music, and many more.

Prior to his post with the CSO, Gunnar worked in the Conway Public School system as a band intern and a long-term orchestra substitute. As a professional musician, he joined the percussion section of the CSO in 2012, becoming Principal Timpanist in 2013. His most notable performance was that of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2015. Gunnar is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Conducting under Maestro Israel Getzov and serving in the new role of Assistant Conductor.

Gunnar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.




Assistant Conductor and Orchestra Manager

Nelio is studying violin performance with Dr. Linda Hsu, and conducting with Maestro Israel Getzov, both at the University of Central Arkansas.

Nelio has participated in many music festivals in Bolivia and in the USA. He has conducted choirs in Bolivia such as Ensamble Coral Canto Cuore, the UPB Choir and others, and orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Cochabamba, Collegium Musicum and Bolivia Clásica orchestra.